Gaza: Number of displaced in UN shelters exceeds 100,000

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Palestinian families take shelter at an UNRWA school in Gaza City (13 July 2014). Photo: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA

The number of people in Gaza seeking refuge in its sites has jumped to over 100 000, according to the UN relief and works agency for palestine refugees (UNRWA).

An expanded ground offensive by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has resulted in an 'exponential increase' in internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Gaza over the past few days.

The numbers shot from 63 000 to 84 843 in a single day on Monday.

UNRWA is currently providing food, water, shelter, and sanitation equipment but has launched an emergency flash appeal for US$60 million to respond to the pressing humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza.

Jocelyne Sambira spoke to Chris Gunness about the situation on the ground.

Duration: 3’41″

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